Energy sector helps boost S&P/TSX composite in early trading, U.S. markets mixed


TORONTO — The energy sector helped lead Canada’s main stock index higher in early trading as the health-care sector, which includes the big cannabis companies, also climbed higher.

The S&P/TSX composite index was up 59.40 points at 18,359.02.

In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average was up 32.99 points at 31,568.50. The S&P 500 index was down 2.45 points at 3,899.37, while the Nasdaq composite was down 23.61 points at 13,565.22.

The Canadian dollar traded for 79.12 cents US compared with 78.98 cents US on Monday.

The April crude oil contract was up 37 cents at US$61.01 per barrel and the April natural gas contract was up three cents at US$2.81 per mmBTU.

The April gold contract was up US$2.00 at US$1,725.00 an ounce and the May copper contract was up six cents at US$4.17 a pound.

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